Commanders targeting Ben Johnson for head coach
No sooner had Adam Peters been revealed as the new Washington Commanders general manager, speculation ramped up about who would replace Ron Rivera as the team's head coach. Numerous candidates have been or are set to be interviewed. But it appears as if there is legitimate momentum building behind one target, in particular.
According to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports and other respected insiders around the league, the Commanders have set their sights on Ben Johnson, although they're casting their net far and wide to prepare for every eventuality. The Detroit Lions offensive coordinator - like Peters - is the hottest name in this cycle. Competition to secure his services is fierce, but there is traction building with Washington.
"Keep a close eye on Lions OC Ben Johnson for the Commanders job. He's a wanted man with requests from the Panthers, Falcons, Chargers and Titans as well. He can interview virtually with Washington as early as Tuesday."- Jonathan Jones via X/Twitter
This is an attractive destination in a big market. It's a chance for Johnson to pick his quarterback from No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. Getting the opportunity to work with a renowned roster builder and evaluator such as Peters is another strong selling point. But the Carolina Panthers are also set to throw substantial financial resources at the progressive play-caller to tempt him.
Money isn't everything. Johnson's arrival in Washington has gone from a possibility to a foregone conclusion to many. However, there is a long way to in his process yet.